After the Chauvin conviction.
Former Madison WI mayor Dave Cieslewicz: “George Floyd’s brother, Philonise … talked about bans on choke holds, the curtailing of qualified immunity and requiring that police officers have their body cameras on at all times. Yet … Madison city government has itself tied up in knots with committees studying the issue to death while the mayor is providing no leadership at all. Meanwhile, two-thirds of police departments our size now employ the cameras and there are more all the time. The Madison Police Department and former Council President Sheri Carter, who is Black. support them.”
CNN on-line (News, not opinion. Supposedly): “The law finally worked.”
Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes: “As an officer of the law, I believe that today justice has prevailed. We hear you; this moment matters. The Madison Police Department is prepared to stand in solidarity with our community as we grieve and process the events of May 25th, 2020.”
Andrew Sullivan in National Review: “While the guilty verdicts are rational and defensible, the speedy nature of the decision could lead to problems for prosecutors in the appellate process. I’ve been more skeptical than most commentators about the intent proof on the two murder counts (felony murder and depraved-indifference homicide), I thought the evidence on the manslaughter count — “culpable negligence,” for which it is unnecessary for prosecutors to prove criminal intent — was daunting. … nonetheless, there is a serious question about whether Derek Chauvin got a fair trial. ”
Trending on social media: “Derek Chauvin immediately put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. Imagine if George Floyd had done the same.”
National Review editorial: “Even acknowledging that he resisted arrest, … there is simply no excusing the manner of his detention. … George Floyd died because Derek Chauvin was a bad cop. … The high profile nature of the case is likely to create pressure on the judge to mete out a harsh sentence, attorneys said.”
The Nation: “Bringing the cops to heel cannot happen through individual prosecutions. We need to address systemic racism in law enforcement and the permissive culture of violence against people of color. … It can be addressed with funding — by defunding and demilitarizing the police.”
Wall Street Journal editorial: “It would be nice to think all of this would prompt reflection among those who have exploited Floyd’s killing for political purposes. But it probably won’t. Even after the verdict, commentators who applauded the jury gave last year’s riots in American cities the credit for inspiring it. Not the facts. Not the law. But lawless protests.
“If a large faction of Americans really believe that only mayhem in the streets can guarantee justice in America, then this verdict will mean little and we are in for far more unrest ahead.”